Frequently Asked Questions
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The disability process can be complex and confusing so the Law Offices of Ryan and Kafshi, LLP have decided to take the time to provide you with answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) for your convenience.
What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?
How long can I be considered disabled for Social Security purposes?
- There is no time limit for receiving Social Security (SS) benefits. However, SS might review your case periodically after awarding the benefit.
If I am found disabled, how far back will the government pay benefits?
- Social Security Disability benefits have a maximum retroactivity of 12 months prior to the month the initial application was filed. For example, if you filed in April of 2011 and the government found that you have been disabled since 2004, your claim would only be retroactive from April 2010. SSI benefits, however, have a maximum retroactivity to the month the initial application was filed.
Is it possible to obtain both Social Security Disability benefits and workers' compensation?
- Yes, it is possible; however, the amount might be offset if you receive both.
If I become disabled, how long do I have to wait to file for Social Security Disability benefits?
- You do not have to wait to file for SSD as long as you anticipate being out of work for at least 12 months.
Will Social Security determine a percentage that I am disabled?
- Social Security says whether you are disabled or not. Unlike workers' compensation, the government will not find the percentage that you are disabled.
Can I get Social Security Disability benefits if I have a number of health problems, and it is the combination that disables me?
- Yes — Social Security is required to consider the combined effects of all your health problems.
How is it handled if I obtain Social Security Disability benefits and subsequently feel better and want to return to work?
- You can return to work for a trial period where you test your ability without jeopardizing benefits.
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